Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da Five Bloods contains many hallmarks of its auteur’s signature style, shot details that can be traced all the way back to Lee’s 1989 breakthrough Do the Right Thing. Mackenzie Graham’s video essay focuses on one unique decision of Lee’s with Da Five Bloods, namely his use of varying aspect ratios to convey shifts in the present to the past, and to highlight the particular dynamics between individual characters.
Da Five Bloods
Video Essay: The Many Cameras of Spike Lee’s ‘Da Five Bloods’
In his video essay, Kyser Lim examines the many different aspect ratios and other camera-centric details of Spike Lee’s acclaimed Vietnam War picture Da Five Bloods, which employs numerous devices to signal the film’s fluid movement between past and present.